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The Federal Labor Relations Authority oversees the Federal service labormanagement relations program. It administers the law that protects the right of employees of the Federal Government to organize, bargain collectively, and participate through labor organizations of their own choosing in decisions affecting them. The Authority also ensures compliance with the statutory rights and obligations of Federal employees and the labor organizations that represent them in their dealings with Federal agencies.
The Federal Labor Relations Authority was created as an independent establishment by Reorganization Plan No. 2 of 1978 (5 U.S.C. app.), effective January 1, 1979, pursuant to Executive Order 12107 of December 28, 1978, to consolidate the central policymaking functions in Federal labor-management relations. Its duties and authority are specified in title VII (Federal Service Labor-Management Relations) of the Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. 7101-7135).
The Authority provides leadership in establishing policies and guidance relating to the Federal service labormanagement relations program. In addition, it determines the appropriateness of bargaining units, supervises or conducts representation elections, and prescribes criteria and resolves issues relating to the granting of consultation rights to labor organizations with respect to internal agency policies and governmentwide rules and regulations. It also resolves negotiability
disputes, unfair labor practice
procedures, including factfinding and complaints, and exceptions to arbitration recommendations, it considers awards. The Chair of the Authority appropriate. If the parties do not arrive at serves as the chief executive and
a settlement after assistance by the administrative officer.
Panel, the Panel may hold hearings and The General Counsel of the Authority take whatever action is necessary to investigates alleged unfair labor
resolve the impasse. practices, files and prosecutes unfair labor practice complaints before the
The Foreign Service Labor Relations Authority, and exercises such other
Board and the Foreign Service Impasse powers as the Authority may prescribe.
Disputes Panel administer provisions of The Federal Service impasses Panel,
chapter 2 of the Foreign Service Act of an entity within the Authority, is
1980 (22 U.S.C. 3921), concerning assigned the function of providing labor-management relations. This assistance in resolving negotiation chapter establishes a statutory laborimpasses between agencies and unions. management relations program for After investigating an impasse, the Panel Foreign Service employees of the U.S. can either recommend procedures to the Government. Administrative and staff parties for the resolution of the impasse support is provided by the Federal Labor or assist the parties in resolving the Relations Authority and the Federal impasse through whatever methods and Service Impasses Panel.
Regional Offices Federal Labor Relations Authority
For further information, contact the Director of Information Resources and Research Services, Federal Labor Relations Authority, 607 Fourteenth Street NW., Washington, DC 20424_0001. Phone, 202-4826550.
FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION 800 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20573-0001 Phone, 202-523-5707
The Federal Maritime Commission regulates the waterborne foreign commerce of the United States, ensures that U.S. international trade is open to all nations on fair and equitable terms, and protects against unauthorized, concerted activity in the waterborne commerce of the United States. This is accomplished through maintaining surveillance over steamship conferences and common carriers by water; ensuring that only the rates on file with the Commission are charged; reviewing agreements between persons subject to the Shipping Act of 1984; guaranteeing equal treatment to shippers, carriers, and other persons subject to the shipping statutes; and ensuring that adequate levels of financial responsibility are maintained for indemnification of passengers.
The Federal Maritime Commission was